Results

16 February 2019

Nail Biting Finish to IOM Championship

Going into the final day Sean Wallis held a slim lead of just 6.3 points ahead of Paul Jones, this was narrowed to 3.3 points by lunch as the championship was to be fought out between the pair.

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L-R: Paul Jones (2nd), Brad Johnston (4th & Master), Roger Paul (5th), Peter Burford (Grand Master), Sean Wallis (1st), Scott Mitchell (3rd)

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15 February 2019

AUS IOM Championship Setup for a Huge Final Day

As we head to the final day of the 2019 IOM Australian Championship we have an exciting battle brewing to determine who will lift the trophy at the end of the final day.

It was probably to be expected, the battle between Paul Jones and Sean Wallis and the final day is going to be a cracker! 

Sean Wallis has retained his overnight lead from day two and will start the final day with a 6.3 point lead. In this fleet it's nothing, a strong performance by Jones on day three has seen him making his move toward a back to back championship while Wallis is doing all he can to defend his lead. In addition, South Australian Scott Mitchell is lingering in the background just 10 points behind Jones.

While the differences between the top skippers can seem significant, these can be closed down in a single race and leaves any of the top three in with a chance to claim victory.

Today's conditions saw the fleet sailing with B rigs to a top mark directly of shore and made it challenging for all skippers with the mark roundings extremely difficult resulting in numerous collisions and a record number of protests.

American, George Pedrick struggled through the day with trips to B & C fleet which has put pay to his aspirations of an AUS title win but he remains well in the top ten and will endeavour to make a move on the final day to improve his position.

Race winners for the day included WA's Robert Mews, Queenslander Grant Cooper from Gladstone, Tasmanian Mike Hickman and Paul Jones.

It is expected that conditions for tomorrow will be slightly lighter which will be ideal for the final showdown.

 

 

14 February 2019

Aussie's Back on Top of AUS IOM Championship Day 2

It took until late on day two before an Aussie finally overtook our American guests to top the leader board of the IOM Australian Championship with a new leader, WA's Roger Paul picking up after race eight before Sean Wallis took over after a win in race 9.

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13 February 2019

Day One to USA at AUS IOM Australian Championship

Was that the Star-Spangled Banner we could hear ringing out as we left the venue after day one of the 2019 Australian IOM Championship?

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Pictured: George Pedrick & Gene Harris (USA)

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12 February 2019

2019 AUS Marblehead Championship Final Day

The third and final day of the 2019 Marblehead Championship started with drifting north-east winds.  A course was set with the windward mark close to the bank on the Club end with a look along the start line from the port end.

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11 February 2019

2019 AUS Marblehead Championship Day 2

The second day of the Marblehead Championships began on the the main Control Area and the promise of a good south-easter and it did not disappoint. 

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11 February 2019

2019 AUS Marblehead Championship Day 1

A solid north-easter was forecast so the Race Committee selected the alternative Control Area on the south-east side of the lake.

The breeze never did as it was told by the forecaster and stubbornly stayed in from the east, not the perfect direction for that part of the lake however the Race Officers managed to coax a very good windward-leeward course out of the situation.

Following on from his 10 Rater win, Kirwin Robb finished the day with 4 bullets from 7 races. Scott Condie was keeping Kirwan on his toes taking the other two wins for the day. Still two full days to find another Australian Champion.

Racing was halted late in the afternoon even though the breeze was still cooperating due to the bottom gate disappearing into the reflected glare of the setting sun. Given that it was heading to 1700 hours there was not too many disappointed sailors from that decision.

Forecast for tomorrow is for a stronger south-east

09 February 2019

Kirwan Robb Crowned Ten Rater AUS Champion

Victoria's Kirwan Robb has sailed an astounding regatta to be crowned Australian Ten Rater Champion for 2019.

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08 February 2019

2019 AUS Ten Rater Championship Day 2

The breeze that took till lunch time to come in on day 1 was there before briefing today. Courses were set and it was on.

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06 February 2019

2019 AUS Ten Rater Championship Day 1

The day started with frequent squalls and a SSE breeze. The forecast was for 15 - 20 knot Easterly breezes on the coast which was expected to translate to 10 -15 knots at Regatta Lake. Eventually that was exactly what happened but not before some serious attempts at setting a course proved futile. One start had the fleet making the top mark on port from the start line, while soon after the same mark was fetched on in one leg on starboard. Weather chaos continued to reign until a halt was called for lunch.

During the break the wind settled in from the East with reasonable shifts available for the observant. The kind of conditions the less experienced call a lottery that the better sailors always seen to get lucky in.

After the day concluded at about 1640, it was Kirwan Robb (VIC) who read the conditions the best with his worst result, a 3rd, going in the first drop giving him a Nett of 9 points. Scott Condie (NSW) in 2nd place dropped a 7, while Andrew Reid (VIC) following in 3rd place dropped a 10. Consistency is the key and clearly Kirwan had it today.

Ross Bennett (WA) is loitering with intent just three points behind Reid, with Stephen Sedgmen (ACT) a further 3 points back in 5th.

The final bracket of racing saw gusts above 15 knots causing just a few nose dives and the odd round-up. However these conditions only extended the distance between those at the pointy end and those in the back half.

The forecast tomorrow is for similar wind conditions with less precipitation. Hopefully this will mean that the sea breeze will be able to push though earlier than it did today and more racing can be racked up.

For the detailed progressive results see our RESULTS page.

05 February 2019

Dill Claims A Class Title

Brian Dill (NSW) has been crowned 2019 International A Class Australian Champion finishing ahead of Roger Paul (WA) and Warren Norrie (NSW). The Masters Division was won by Denton Roberts (WA).

Pictured from L-R: Warren Norrie, Brian Dill, Roger Paul, Denton Roberts

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05 February 2019

Dill Holds Lead in A Class AUS Championship

Twenty races were completed on day one of the International A Class Australian Championship at Regatta Waters Lake on the Gold Coast. Wind conditions were as expected, SE around 8-12 knots although significant shifts occurred during the races which saw positions change frequently with some going from looking famous to out the back door if they missed one.

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31 January 2019

Scott Mitchell Wins Back to Back Whitrod Memorial

Scott Mitchell sailing his BritPop! has claimed back to back wins of the Whitrod Memorial Trophy hosted by the Adelaide Radio Control Yacht Racing Club (ARCYRC) on 20th January 2019.

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22 January 2019

Speedy Mexican Takes Ian Hayden 10R Trophy

On the weekend of the 19th & 20th of January 2019, the Ian Hayden 10R Trophy was held at Kogarah Bay Sailing Club and hosted by Kogarah Bay Radio Yacht Club. This regatta is round one of the NSW 10R GP series and is held annually to celebrate the considerable contribution made by the late Ian Hayden to radio sailing, the NSWRYA and KBRYC.

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21 January 2019

Bennett Bridesmaid as Wallis wins Shootout!

As the temperatures soared through the 30’s and over 40C it wasn’t just the racing that was going to be hot at the WA IOM Shootout held at Austin Lakes on 20th of January.

 

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18 December 2018

A Tough Day at the Kawana IOM Open

With the breeze ESE mixing it up between A & B rig it made it a tough for the nineteen skippers at the 2018 Kawana Open held on Saturday 8th December.

imageskawana openGreg "Torps" Torpy would have thought he had this one in the bag after a strong performance at the NSW State Championship in Koonwarra Bay, where he finished 3rd, but as the day progressed it was evident it was not to be.

While race wins were shared across a multitude of sailors it was the V10's that dominated the day with Glen Fitzgerald being most consistent coming out on top followed by Torps and then the V10's of Doug Allen and John Gower.

With a total of eight different race winners and the ever changing conditions it wasn't surprising that race winners came from as far back as fifteenth and sixteenth where Nick Lindsley picked up two wins! 

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18 December 2018

Almost a Clean Sweep for Joyce in TAS Marblehead Championship

An outstanding performance at the Tasmanian Marblehead State Championship saw Ray Joyce win twenty out of the twenty seven races sailed.

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The event hosted by the Risdon Brook Radio Yacht Club over the weekend of 8 & 9 December saw a small fleet of eight boats contend for the state championship title.

Joyce with his Grunge, dominated proceedings rolling out four bullets in the first four races and no doubt left the others deliberating over what could be done to slow him down. Other than missing races five and six, Joyce continued his winning streak at one point stringing twelve races wins in a row and leaving the remainder of the fleet battling it out for second place.

Mike Hickman with his Ajax was next best managing to pick up a single solitary win but with strong placings in the other races, he safely cemented second position at the end of the championship finishing 41 points behind Joyce and twelve points ahead of closest rival, John Hall sailing a Fuzzy Logic, with Lisa Blackwood and Kyle Stewart close behind in fourth and fifth respectively.

 

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05 December 2018

2018 Western Australian IOM State Championships.

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The weekend of December 1 and 2 was the date for the WA IOM State Championship. The regatta was held this year in the lovely seaside town of Albany, which is a 4 and a half hour drive south of Perth. The locals were looking forward to welcoming the visitors and a great turn-out was evident.

15 visitors made the journey mostly on the Friday prior. The bakery in Mount Barker would have received a steady stream of radio sailors looking to sample the BEST pies you will ever find. Mine was a Scallop pie, which was magnificent! On Friday afternoon, you could find a few skippers sneaking down to the marina far a sneaky practice sail in conditions which would prove to be pretty standard for the whole weekend.

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03 December 2018

NSW Tyson Trophy - 1st December

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The Tyson Trophy 2018

Saturday 1st December saw the last GP event for Ten Raters for the 2018 season. It was hosted by the Northern Mariners at Kariong gardens.

There were thirteen competitive yachts show up from 4 clubs from across the state.

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03 December 2018

VIC IOM Eddy Kennedy Series RD3 - 25th November

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The Final Eddie Kennedy Victorian state round for the year moved to a new venue at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron on the bay of port Phillip in Melbourne.

With reports of stormy weather and Xmas impending it was a surprise to have 11 boats turn up to sail in what became sunny, mild perfect conditions.

The venue is being trailed for the 2020 nationals and the western course proved very effective with sailors able to look down on their boat from the marina hardstand and not need to move at all to see the whole course.

The eastern course was not needed and is where the dinghy match racing typically takes place inside the marina wall, so plenty of room there for smaller Marbleheads and 10r!

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23 November 2018

NSW IOM State Championship - 17/18th November

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Weed n Jellies the Winner at Koonawarra!

The forecast wind conditions leading up to the 2018 IOM NSW State Championship looked fantastic and nothing other than quality racing was expected with Jonesy (Paul Jones), Flemo (Scott Fleming) and The Prez (Sean Wallis) expected to battle it out.

Why wouldn’t that be the case? With various state titles currently held by the trio and Jonesy defending his NSW title, there was little doubt we were going to see a terrific shootout that would probably result in determining the favourite for the upcoming nationals on the Gold Coast.

As forecast, the wind was in for the scheduled start time and the fleet hit the water in anticipation of some real exciting racing and certainly B rigs for the latter part of the day.

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15 November 2018

NSW 10R Class State Championship - 10/11th November

The 2018 NSW 10 Rater State Championship
This is an ARYA Ranking Event

Hosted by Kogarah Bay Radio Yacht Club 10th and 11th November 2018

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Eighteen skippers turned up to sail in the Championship including defending champion Andrew Reid from Melbourne. The remainder of the fleet was made up of three skippers from Canberra MYC, seven from the Northern Mariners, Trevor Fisher from Queensland, Selwyn Holland from Wollongong RYC, Greg Mence from Lake Macquarie RYC and four from the host club.

The weather was warm with a brisk southerly breeze blowing, a favoured direction at Kogarah Bay, with a rising tide that was to have an influence later in the morning. All skippers elected to use B rig.

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11 November 2018

WA IOM Metropolitan Championships - 4th November

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RSAWA – IOM Metropolitan Championships 2018

Champion Lakes Radio Sailors hold the Western Australian  each year at the Champion Lakes Regatta Center. This year’s event attracted 13 skippers on a fine and sunny Sunday.

Race Officer Moby Stuart, ably assisted by Evie the dog, ran the day keeping us skippers on our feet. Ray Forsyth and Andree Bennett kept score for us, and we thank Moby, Ray and Andree greatly.

Unfortunately, there was a bit of weed in the lake in the morning. Most skippers managed to pick up varying amounts. It was unfortunate, but as the day wore on, less and less weed seemed to be in the water. Maybe it was just because we were picking it up and removing it?

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30 October 2018

QLD IOM Championship - 27/28 October

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A fleet of 30 competitors started the event on Saturday 27th October 2018 in what were perfect mid A-rig conditions.  The forecast of light to moderate easterly conditions was spot on. The small variation in direction of the breeze was easily catered for by the Principle Race Officer (PRO) Ian Ashe selecting from the range of buoys set at the top of the course.  Lunch was taken at 12:30 p.m. and catered for by the Southport Yacht Club Cafe..More here

30 October 2018

WA 10R Championships - 27th October

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2018 Western Australian Ten Rater Championships.
Saturday 27 October 2018

Austin Lakes was the venue for the 2018 Western Australian Ten Rater Championships. The lake is still the best radio sailing venue we have in WA and it turned on a beauty today. The sun was shining, the wind blowing, the water level was high and it was crystal clear…. all was well in the world.

Fortunately (some might say otherwise), the trees that were planted a couple of years ago are struggling! They have not grown at all well, and are not looking all that healthy. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on your perspective. When we first saw all these trees being planted, predictions of the doom of Austin Lakes as a radio sailing venue abounded. At the moment, we are planning to visit the lake more frequently, as it provides a wonderful place to race.

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27 October 2018

2018 New Zealand IOM Championship

Six Aussie’s made the trip across ‘the ditch’ to Wattle Farm, Auckland, New Zealand for the 2018 NZL IOM Championship and based on previous advice the intrepid Aussie’s were expecting an awesome venue with quality breezes and great sailing. Come to Wattle Farm they said, it will be great they said! All encouraging news given in the past we sailed on a duck pond, a weed infested lake with no breeze and a piddly lake in chilly and wet Christchurch – surely they had to get it right this time!

In the days before the event the dreaded email came through advising that the host club was being challenged by a weed infestation but every effort was being made with tons of the stuff being hauled from the main lake on a daily basis and by the time we had a practice sail on the Thursday it would have appeared that their efforts were paying off however, by Friday the battle had been lost and the decision was to sail on the secondary lake (how lucky to have two of them).

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25 October 2018

VIC DF95 State Championship - October 20/21st.

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The inaugural Victorian State Championship for the DF95 Class was hosted by the Patterson Lakes RMYC at the National Water Sports Centre, Carrum. There were seventeen entries with Paul Martin representing NSW, Jurgen Luther from South Australia, and to make the event international, Japan was represented by Shuzo Miyazaki.

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